Dave Sells, Alain Topor and Larr y Davidson Yale University, Psykiatrin Södra, Arsta, Sweden, Yale University Generating Coherence out of Chaos: Examples of the Utility of Empathic Bridges in Phenomenological Research ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper was to provide an example from phenomenological research of moving from rich descriptive inter- view data to coherent revelatory descriptions employing empathic bridges within the narrative structure of stor ytelling. We used transcribed data from two inter views concerning recover y from severe mental illness: one with an American woman in her early thir ties, and the other with a Swedish man in his mid-thir ties. Five investigators analyzed the transcribed data into individual first-person narrative descriptions according to existing empirical phenomenological methods including an independent reading, identification of themes relevant to processes of recover y from severe mental illness, temporal ordering of themes meaningfully reflecting the sequence of the recounted events, and consensus development. Our findings suppor t the use of empathic bridges as a methodological tool with the narrative structure of first- person stor ytelling, as well as the viability and impor tance of employing this tool to better understand processes of recover y for persons with severe mental
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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